The Cubs' inevitable plans to rework their underachieving roster under new ownership should probably start with an effort to move Milton Bradley and whatever they can of the $21 million left on the final two years of his contract.
And by the sounds of it, Bradley would welcome it.
In response to a mundane postgame question about feeling more comfortable - presumably at the plate - following his four-hit night, Bradley revealed that he's never comfortable here and talked about dealing with ``hatred'' daily.
``It's never comfortable,'' he said after going 4 for 4 with a homer in Tuesday's 15-6 loss. ``It's hard to be comfortable when you don't get a hit and get booed every time. When I go home and look in the mirror, I like what I see. My family's there. I have people I can talk to who are very supportive in spite of everything and all the adversity and hatred you face on a daily basis. But I'll be all right. I always have.''
Hatred? It would seem he's referring to that booing and possibly criticism in the media.
Hatred? Come on.
Building an off-season around a $30 million acquisition at the expense of some key depth players only to watch the new guy fail to deliver and the lack of depth become costly deserves criticism - whether aimed at the player or the organization. And maybe it deserves a fair share of those boos.
But that's about the player, not the person.
Unless there's something more than Bradley's telling us about the source of this ``hatred,'' then he has only himself to blame for making it that personal.